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Riviera Skirt. Wearing.

FO – Riviera Skirt by Wool and The Gang

Knitting Wool and The Gang

Photography Elena Letitskaya

Every single FO is a little celebration for me and for my dear friend, Elena. We are both busy with our own lives and full time jobs, but we always try to find time to get creative and shoot finished knits! Elena is often the one who hurries me up with my WIPs.

When I finished my Riviera Skirt, I remembered one special place that I found one year ago while walking with my dog. Beautiful rocky hills 10 minutes drive from town. The only problem to get there is that you have to walk for 40-60 minutes. It’s not a big deal when you are hiking with a dog, but when you head for a photoshoot it is a different story…

And here we were in the middle of nowhere walking in the desert towards the rocky hills carrying a huge bag with photo equipment, knitted skirt, water and a pile of air balloons. I am sure we looked, at the very least, quite weird… So I don’t blame a property guard who stopped us to ask a few questions and check my ID 🙂 When he heard that we are from Russia, walking to the hills to shoot some pictures of a skirt for a knitting blog, he smiled, shook his head and gave my ID back 🙂 Love Mexico – always friendly and understanding!

The walk was worth all the time and effort. The view was magnificent! And the silence at this place is indescribable…

Knitting Wool and The Gang

Photography Elena Letitskaya

  We surely had fun taking pictures of Riviera Skirt in this amazing place!

Knitting Wool and The Gang

Photography Elena Letitskaya

Knitting Wool and The Gang

Photography Elena Letitskaya

Compared to the rest of my wardrobe, Riviera Skirt is definitely out of my comfort zone – so colorful and playful. But hey, it’s Spring Break!

Knitting Wool and The Gang

Photography Elena Letitskaya

One of my favorite quotes by Rebecca: “Craft work can be seen as preserving time. Hand made items preserve time in the same way that fruit is preserved as jam, not as the unchanged strawberry or plum fresh plucked, but as something cooked and processed to preserve the taste of summer.  Hand made items embody both the hours of making (time) and memories and feelings of people (the times) within the construction of the object…a true cultural artefact.” (Rebecca, Needle & Spindle) This knitting experience will preserve in itself an excitement of trying something new, a delight of working with beautiful fiber, the memories of marine adventures and the happy hours spent with a dear friend… It will always stay in my heart! That’s the beauty of handmade…

Knitting Wool and The Gang

Photography Elena Letitskaya

If you wonder here are all the Riviera Skirt project posts:

Joined the Gang – yarn and a swatch.

Sea Lions and Knitting – knitting progress and travel.

Riviera Skirt. Details – knitting notes.

Happy Sunday!


By | 2015-08-29T12:20:07+00:00 March 29th, 2015|Finished Objects, Knitting|22 Comments


  1. Zeta March 29, 2015 at 1:05 pm - Reply

    Where should I start? Ok! First of all it’s nice to finally see you! You look wonderful! Your skirt looks great! The photos are so inspiring at this desert place with the colorful balloons and the story behind the photoshoot, something to remember for ever! 😉

    • Alina March 29, 2015 at 6:19 pm - Reply

      Oh, thank you, Zeta! My friend told me she is not going to take pictures of me with my head turned away! 🙂

  2. steph March 29, 2015 at 1:31 pm - Reply

    what an amazing styling post…..the skirt is lovely and you look beautiful in it—the spot you chose was perfect (what a friend you have to haul all that equipment to it!!!!) and the BaLlOoNS!!!! PERFECT.

    • Alina March 29, 2015 at 6:21 pm - Reply

      Thank you, Steph! I am very lucky to have a friend like Elena! I am really happy that we can combine our creative passion – hers for photography and mine for crafting!

  3. Pat March 29, 2015 at 4:40 pm - Reply

    The pics capture pure joy!

    • Alina March 29, 2015 at 6:22 pm - Reply

      The skirt preserves so much joyful experience! I am happy we were able to transmit it through pictures!

  4. alexis March 31, 2015 at 6:42 am - Reply

    Such lovely photos and such a great skirt! I’ve never knit a skirt -like you, it’s a bit outside of my wardrobe comfort zone. But yours is lovely, so maybe I should try knitting one.

    I also love how sometimes photographing the finished knit can be just as fun a part of the process as knitting it.

    • Alina March 31, 2015 at 6:49 am - Reply

      Thank you, Alexis! You have to try it!! It’s a pretty straightforward project and almost no shaping is involved. I was really surprised myself!

  5. cory ellen March 31, 2015 at 12:36 pm - Reply

    This photo shoot is wonderful! I love the fun, colorful feel of it, and it shows the skirt off beautifully. Great work!

    • Alina March 31, 2015 at 12:39 pm - Reply

      Thank you,Cory! Photo shoots are always a fun way to say goodbye to the finished projects!

  6. Nicky March 31, 2015 at 2:58 pm - Reply

    These pics were so worth the wait! I love the F.O. but it’s even lovelier to see you with those balloons. You look so beautiful and care-free. Great job Alina!!!! On the photo shoot and on the project.

    • Alina March 31, 2015 at 3:46 pm - Reply

      Thank you, Nicky! I love how crafts become our little independent world where we can express ourselves freely!

  7. Leigh March 31, 2015 at 6:57 pm - Reply

    This is amazing Alina! I love the skirt, it is very flattering on you. I love too, that the making of it is full of wonderful associations much like how Rebecca writes about. Beautiful photos, you’ve got a good (and talented) friend. xo

    • Alina March 31, 2015 at 7:22 pm - Reply

      Thank you, Leigh! Rebecca has a gift of putting feelings into words! I am blessed to have Elena to shoot my FOs!

  8. Crystal April 1, 2015 at 12:15 am - Reply

    your sweet comment on my blog led me here to yours and i am so glad! I’ve only read the first post, but I have to say that this skirt is GORGEOUS! I absolutely love everything about it and I am glad that you ventured outside of your comfort zone. I think I need one too!

    I giggled reading about your hike out to your photo location (very pretty place!). The things we do to get the perfect picture is an adventure unto itself.

    I love the quote that you used. The sentiment reflects my thoughts about the handmade experience very well!

    I also look forward to reading your future posts. 🙂

    • Alina April 1, 2015 at 6:59 am - Reply

      Thank you, Crystal! Welcome!

  9. Natalie April 1, 2015 at 10:01 am - Reply

    What a great photo shoot. You sure put a lot of effort and energy into it! It looks great. Love the skirt – I have plans for a knit skirt up shortly on my “to make” list. Hopefully it turns out as nice as yours.

    • Alina April 1, 2015 at 10:19 am - Reply

      Thank you, Natalie! I am so in love with knitting and crochet, that celebrating it doesn’t seem like a big effort for me 🙂 I am looking forward to your skirt FO!

  10. Rachel April 1, 2015 at 10:32 am - Reply

    What an awesome photo shoot! I love it!

    If you’re interested, I’d love to have you link up to my Yarn Fanatic Party! http://philwife.blogspot.com/2015/03/yarn-fanatic-party-30.html

    • Alina April 1, 2015 at 10:35 am - Reply

      Thank you, Rachel! Of course, joining in right now 🙂 Thank you for the invitation!

  11. Rebecca April 1, 2015 at 3:29 pm - Reply

    dear Alina, it always gives me such a shock to see my own words somewhere, a nice kind of shock and sense of connection…so thanks! Your skirt is looking wonderful. The colour and fit is well suited to you. You are right to celebrate it!

    • Alina April 1, 2015 at 4:07 pm - Reply

      Thank you, Rebecca! I could quote your whole blog – you are a word magician!

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